City to hon­our the stars of Rio

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - WEEK­END AR­GUS RE­PORTER

CAPETO­NI­ANS will get to see lo­cal Olympians and Paralympians up close on Mon­day, when the city hon­ours ath­letes who com­peted in Rio.

“Sport has long uni­fied our na­tion, since the birth of our democ­racy, and as part of build­ing an in­clu­sive city, all mem­bers of the pub­lic are en­cour­aged to join in with the fes­tiv­i­ties in a spirit of unity,” the city said.

Some of the big names at­tend­ing in­clude 400m Olympic cham­pion Wayde van Niek­erk and Par­a­lympic Hil­ton Lan­gen­hoven, who won gold in the T12 long-jump and sil­ver in the T12 200m at Rio.

The cel­e­bra­tion will kick off at noon on the Grand Pa­rade, where Premier He­len Zille and Cape Town mayor Pa­tri­cia de Lille will ad­dress the crowds. The ath­letes will then board a bus for a city cen­tre vic­tory pro­ces­sion.

From 12.45 to 1.15pm, the bus will make its way to Green Point, via Dar­ling, Ad­der­ley, Wale and Loop streets. Be­tween 1.15 and 2pm, Van Niek­erk, Zille, De Lille and MEC for Cul­tural Af­fairs and Sport An­roux Marais will again ad­dress the crowds at the Green Point Ath­let­ics Track.

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